Most scientists live in a "publish or perish" environment, but few would describe themselves as brilliant (or enthusiastic) writers. Coming to the aid of all those wishing to improve the quality of their scientific writing -- established researchers and aspiring students alike -- three experienced authors/scientists from differing backgrounds and cultures have compiled this classic guide.
This new edition has been completely revised to reflect dramatic changes in communication over the past 15 years. The primary emphasis is on writing techniques, accurate expression, adherence to accepted standards, and above all clarity, but the authors also venture into communication technology and organizational as well as ethical aspects of science. Numerous appendices and a particularly comprehensive index complete this highly useful book.
"The authors have a passion, not only for clarity and economy of style, but also for precision and consistency."
"A wealth of information contained in a single book of manageable proportions. Students reporting on a simple laboratory experiment and their teachers preparing a paper or lecture will both find this book a constant companion."
(European Science Editing)
"The book under review claims, 'we know of no book as broad in its coverage, as critical in its analysis of existing trends, and as international in its scope'. This claim is immodest but accurate."
(Trends in Pharmacological Sciences)
Table of contents
PART I: SCIENTIFIC WRITING: AIMS AND FORMS
Papers (Journal Articles)
PART II: SCIENTIFIC WRITING: MATERIALS, TOOLS, AND METHODS
Word Processors and Electronic Manuscript
Formulas and Equations
Collecting and Citing the Literature
B Standard Reference Formats
C Selected Quantities, Units, and Constants
D 20 Rules for Preparing a Manuscript on Diskette
E Adresses of Companies and Institutes
A brief selection out of over 70 reviews of the first edition:
"The authors have a passion, not only for clarity and economy of style, but also for precision and consistency." Nature
"You could not be in better hands. ... is a very substantial achievement, and I imagine the initials EBR of the authors will become a household word among a generation of chemists." Chemistry in Australia
"This outstanding volume is a definite "must" for every chemists' writing." Journal of Chromatography
"Although the scope is wide, the book is extremely detailed and full of practical advice." CBE Views
"... small-in-size but large-in-content volume ..."
"This is a very comprehensive and well written book. It is highly recommended." Polymers Paint Colour Journal
"... offers excellent advice on how to do it well, and its words of wisdom will be still be relevant many years from now. Every library, resource room and research group should own a copy." Chemistry and Industry
"...an invaluable handbook for the scientific seduction of the body English." Trends in Pharmalogical Sciences
"I can praise the authors for their clear, concise and systematic coverage of all forms of scientific communication including written, spoken and visual. ... I strongly recommend this book to scientific libraries as a reference." Polymer Division Newsletter
"Wonderful volume for a gift to a college student, associate, or for yourself. Highly recommended!"
Adhesives & Sealants Newsletters
"This book will be of service to chemistry and especially to chemistry editors and should also be in every technical library." Angewandte Chemie I.E.
"This book could be a useful reference for students and professionals alike." Industrial Chemist
"... this is a very useful book that should be available in every research and educational establishment that is devoted to natural science." Folia Parasitologica
"It contains much good sense, and a lot of helpful information, clearly presented." Journal of Organometallic Chemistry
"Laboratory researchers, university teachers, students and others from scientific disciplines will turn to this book again and again for the important and useful information it provides."
Acta Universitatis Palackianae Olomucenis
"... this text can be recommended as an adjunct to one of the simpler books available."
The Journal of Histotechnology
"... that there are three informed writers in the end adds a substantial richness to this practical and informative book." Chemical and Engineering News
"... this text would be quite useful and is highly to be recommended." Berichte der Bunsengesellschaft
"It should be of interest to lecturers of chemistry and other natural sciences as well as engineering sciences, B. Sc. and Ph. D. students in chemistry and related areas, editors at scientific and specialized publishing houses." Starch - Stärke
"The text is well written and the authors are clearly enthusiasts for their subject." FEBS Letters
"I can wholeheartedly recommend the book to all involved in the art of scientific writing ..."
Zeitschrift für Pflanzenernährung und Bodenkunde
"The book is well organized and ... well written." Medical Laboratory Sciences
"How convenient it is to have such a wealth of information contained in a single book of manageable proportions." European Science Editing
"This book provides an up-to-date, clearly written and presented compendium as a tool book. It is especially suitable for the students and scientists in chemistry and related fields who want to improve their scientific writing." Carbohydrate Polymers
"Novices and experienced writers alike will be certain to learn much from this book. I can recommend it without reservation." Clinical Chemistry
"... they offer sound and excellent advice on how best to communicate science... This book is easy to read and offers clear advice to anyone who needs to communicate scientific ideas, which is everyone involved in scientific endeavour." Journal of Biological Education